CERVICAL CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ‘SILENT PANDEMIC’

For a long time now, cervical cancer has been one of the most lethal non-communicable diseases among women. Despite the many interventions that have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to contain it, studies and projections reveal a worrying trend for women across all ages. The risk of cervical cancer is an existential one, especially among medically under-served populations of the country; this is mainly because of the under-utilization of available cervical cancer screening services. According to the Ministry of Health, about 3,211 women…

BOLD DIGITAL SOLUTIONS ARE NEEDED TO ADDRESS HEALTH ACCESS CHALLENGES

Each year, an average Kenyan spends 10% of their income to access healthcare. A recent report on healthcare financing by the Kenyan Ministry of Health established that a staggering 12.7 % of Kenyans do not seek healthcare when they are ill, this is due to high cost of healthcare services and ease of access. Furthermore, 2.6 million Kenyans were at risk of impoverishment and falling into poverty as expenditure on healthcare was having a major dip in their household savings. Access to healthcare is a big challenge because of affordability.…

Pwani Oil, Lions Medical Centre Hosts a Free Medical Camp to Promote Good Health for All in Kilifi.

Pwani Oil in partnership with Lions Medical centre has conducted an eye care medical camp in Kikambala, Mombasa County. At least 809 people received eye care medical counsel while another 36 underwent a cataract operation from a team of over 20 doctors present from Lions Medical centre. Speaking during the camp, Pwani Oil Commercial Director Rajul Malde said, “We are excited to be supporting this worthy cause that will benefit all the stakeholders and the community at large”. The camp, sponsored by Pwani Oil, is in line with its mission to…

Safaricom boosts maternal healthcare in Homa Bay County with KES 38 Million Investments

Homa Bay County residents are set to benefit from a maternal healthcare boost after Safaricom through its two Foundations unveiled facilities worth KES 38 million. At the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital, Safaricom Foundation has renovated the Newborn Unit at a cost of KES 1.3 million, targeting an increase in the accommodation numbers from 10 to 35 babies. Meanwhile Ndhiwa Sub-County Hospital officially opened its new KES 36.9 million maternal, newborn, and child healthcare (MNCH) unit constructed and equipped by M-PESA Foundation under the Uzazi Salama initiative. Uzazi Salama, which…

Kenyan to deepen telemedicine access with growing 5G footprint

The health sector in Kenya is poised for higher usage of telemedicine including remote diagnosis and treatment as the country expands its national 5G network footprint. With a ratio of one doctor for every 5,725 people, against the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 1 for every 1,000, technology is expected to bridge this shortage and improve access and the speed of treatment even as additional medical facilities are set up. Speaking when he visited the Huawei stand at the Kenya Innovation Week, President William Ruto noted that innovative applications of…

Kenya could expand the 3D printing of body organs for medical replacement if a group of ten university students under the banner Print’nX proceed and conclude their project to develop synthetic body organs using 3D printing technology. The unique project is among those selected by a panel of judges to join teams participating in Huawei’s global Seeds for the Future project. The group is part of a cohort of 60 university students drawn from across the country who had graduated from an 8- day training session that exposed them to…

AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) programme set to expand to 10 more countries in Africa

exceeds 30M screenings milestone since 2014 launch, across 9 countries to date   Programme recognised as a Best Practice by 2022 Access to Medicine Index for its contribution   to the prevention and control of hypertension across Africa, where prevalence is highest worldwide   AstraZeneca has announced a planned expansion of its access to healthcare programme, Healthy Heart Africa (HHA), to 10 new countries, starting in 2023. The programme, which is currently present in nine countries, is designed to contribute to the prevention and control of hypertension and decrease the…

Health Experts Warn High Cost of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Hampering Cancer Prevention and Control in Kenya

Health experts have warned that multiple challenges among them high cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment are delaying progress in cancer prevention and control in Kenya. Speaking during a media roundtable organised by Pfizer, the experts say limited-service availability and poorly coordinated cancer management and referral, general lack of public awareness and knowledge on cancer prevention and control, inadequate human resource availability and capacity for cancer prevention and control, are some of the other challenges hampering cancer prevention and control in the country. They added that lack of multi-sectoral coordination…

M-TIBA PARTNERS WITH BYON8 TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO TELEHEALTH SERVICES

M-TIBA  has announced its partnership with BYON8 to provide access to telehealth services by offering medical packages to members through the M-TIBA platform. M-TIBA provides a platform where members can access patient care digitally from specialists on the BYON8 platform. The deal was inked by the Managing director of M-TIBA, Mr. Moses G Kuria, and the CEO and CO-founder of BYON8 Mr. Josef Murad at the M-TIBA offices.   The BYON8 app has many different medical packages which offer its members an unlimited monthly fee that also allows no more annual…

Health Care Practitioners Warn Against Increased Incidences of Drug Resistance in Kenya

As the world marks antimicrobial awareness week, leading global biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer hosted a media roundtable where Health Care Practitioners warned that drug resistance also known as Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is fast becoming a threat to global health. Drug resistance occurs when a bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites change over time and become less susceptible to antimicrobial treatments. This makes infectious diseases more difficult to treat leading to an increased likelihood of the disease spreading, prolonged illness, disability and even death. Speaking during the media roundtable, Aga Khan University Hospital’s…